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We need Cecil's Law

The Queen guitarist Brian May is calling for a Cecil’s Law to stop hunters importing their gruesome trophies back to Britain. The rock legend wants Prime Minister David Cameron to introduce legislation that would make animal heads, skins, claws and teeth effectively contraband.

In the outrage that followed the illegal slaughter of Cecil, it was revealed how Britain has allowed the importation of lion trophies with the correct paperwork. Official figures show that between 2010 and 2013 three skins, seven skulls and 16 “trophies” arrived in the UK. Other “big game” trophies are also brought home from safari holidays costing thousands of pounds.

Some leading airlines have taken a pre-emptive step by banning trophies on their international flights, but the musician and animal welfare campaigner wants trophy prohibition enshrined in law.

Brian May revealed his vision of a Cecil’s Law during a debate about social media on BBC2’s Newsnight.

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Shared parental leave law comes into effect

New rights to allow parents to share leave following the birth or adoption of their child have come into effect.

Aside from an initial two weeks of maternity leave for the mother, up to 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of pay can be shared between parents.

The rules mean that parents can also take time off at the same time to look after a newborn.

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Drug-Driving Law

Legislation now allows police officers to test drivers for traces of drugs for the first time.

Officers will no longer have to prove a driver was too impaired to drive – only that they had an illegal level of drugs in their system.

The new drive – coupled with new DrugWipe testing kits – allows police to test motorists for substances in less than 10 minutes using only a swab taken from inside a driver's cheek.

DrugWipe allows officers to screen drivers for cannabis and cocaine at the roadside.

The change in the law will make it quicker and easier for drug-drivers to be prosecuted.

 

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